creatingacultureoffeedback-265This will just be a short note to accompany the release of my first book, Creating a Culture of Feedback, which is available in print form on Tuesday, November 23 and in ebook format right now.   I’d love to be able to say that writing this book (or any book) has been a dream of mine for years.  The truth, however, is more complicated.

I have spent much of the past ten years learning everything that I can about grading and assessment.  As a classroom teacher, I’ve been able to put into practice many of the ideas that I’ve concocted and see the results.  I get to talk to my colleagues and learn from them and then meld the best of what I’ve learned into powerful experiences for my students.  Everything that I am as a teacher is a product of the conversations and experiences that have included many of the important educators that I know.

It’s one of these educators to whom I owe a tremendous debt.  Bill Ferriter came into my life when I was just a few years into my career.  It was just serendipity that we teach in the same district.  But, it was more than luck that has made us friends.  We have spent many hours—over beer, the occasional salad, or Moons Over My Hammy—talking about important issues like technology integration and reality television.  Over that time, my respect for Bill has only grown.

So, a year ago, when he asked me to write a book with him, I jumped at the opportunity.  Over the intervening months, he taught me so much about the process.  He helped me craft my ideas into meaningful pages.  He found ways to merge our voices into one coherent piece of work.  He showed incredible patience with me and my incessant procrastination.  In short, Bill was the perfect mentor and partner for a first-time author.  I am enormously grateful.

And now the fruit of our efforts is available to the public, in the form of an 80-page book that lays out practical and effective strategies for putting actionable feedback front and center in your classroom.  You should read it.  And when you do, I hope that you recognize the value of what we do and can find ways to use these strategies in your own classroom.

2 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Hey Pal,

    I’ve got ten thousand things to say in response to this. The first is easy: Salads suck and Moons over My Hammy is the greatest single food invention ever. In fact, if I had to choose between watching Parking Wars or eating My Hammy, I’d take My Hammy in a minute. Every time.

    Does that shock you?

    Second, I hope you also realize that our relationship is symbiotic*. For every one thing that you have learned to me, I’ve learned at least as much from you. I dig our conversations because they are deep and meaningful and they challenge me in ways that few conversations do. I love every bit of that and only wish that it happened more frequently than it does.

    Thanks for believing in me. And thanks for being a friend.

    I’m buying the next beer.

    Rock on,

    *Bonus points for science concept integration, right?


  2. It does not surprise me that these are your reflections on Bill. I am extremely jealous that you have the opportunity to work with him! Will definitely put this on my must read list!


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